Join us this Sunday!
Regularly scheduled services:
8:00 in the chapel and 10:00 in the sanctuary

No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.

Photo taken at the Easter Sunrise Service, April 20, 2014


First Church in Brief:

Serving the Rochester, NH community since 1731

A member of the United Church of Christ

A progressive Christian voice on the NH Seacoast

We affirm all people are created in God's own image regardless of race, gender, religious background or sexual orientation





First Church Congregational from First Church Congregational on Vimeo.

Sermon Sept 14 2014 from First Church Congregational on Vimeo.

Rev. Eliza reflects on the message of community and forgiveness from Matthew 18.

If the video doesn't work or your computer is slow, try the audio version:

Follow Rev. Eliza's blog "Sermonizing"

   Blueberry Pancake Breakfast

Saturday October 4           7:30am-10:00am

     1, 2, or 3 Blueberry or Plain Pancakes
            Scrambled Eggs,   Ham,    Orange Juice
                   Coffee / Tea / Milk

$6.00/person, children 5-10, $3.00, under age 5, FREE

First Church stories in the media:

Story from Foster's Daily Democrat (Dover, NH)

Story on WGME-TV (Portland, ME):

All are welcome in this place

In recent days, the flag which hangs over the First Church front entrance has disappeared on more than one occasion. This flag is a symbol of First Church's affirmation that wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. We are grateful that replacement rainbow flags are on their way from NH, ME, DC, KY, and CT., at last count, and best wishes and support have come from even farther places around the world.

Rev. Eliza recently said we are "Hopeful that this low-level harassment will open our hearts to those who live in constant fear for their safety and their lives, simply because of who they are.

"Hopeful that our witness brings hope to those who despair.

"Hopeful that we may embody, as a church, the perfect love that drives out fear, and become a place of safety for all of God's children.

"May we always be a church and a people of the Gospel, serving Christ as we serve our neighbors: the hungry, the homeless, the imprisoned, the despairing, the fearful, the hurting, the abandoned."